Author Archive

Protest is Patriotic: David Fenton’s SHOTS  //

It was fifteen years ago this year that SHOTS, a book of David Fenton’s political demonstration photographs, was published. I was introduced to Fenton by my friend, the photographer, archivist, and teacher, Lely Constantinople. Together we edited and published SHOTS (Earth Aware Editions, 2005). I organized an exhibition of Fenton’s photographs in April 2005 at […]

Happy Birthday Daniel Kramer!  //

Today is photographer Daniel Kramer’s birthday. I’m not sure how old Daniel is because he would never tell me his year of birth! His photos are timeless. When I first started championing significant photographs documenting musical artists, Daniel Kramer was at the top of my list along with Alfred Wertheimer. I thought of both of […]

Astrid Kirchherr 1938-2020  //

Everyone at Govinda Gallery loved Astrid Kirchherr and her photographs. We presented her work in exhibitions in over thirty cities across America. Our association with her, and her Hamburg circle, has been a rare and wonderful pastime, with an enduring legacy. John Kelly’s story in The Washington Post this past Wednesday is a fine look […]

Little Richard: The Architect of Rock & Roll  //

My own rock & roll DNA rests on two pillars, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. I was fortunate to be old enough to collect and play 45 rpm singles by Little Richard and Elvis in 1956 and beyond.  It was hypnotic to see Little Richard’s Specialty Records label, and Presley’s RCA label, spinning around and […]

Donovan, David Lynch and Riki Tiki Tavi!  //

Leave it to Donovan to release the best album of these times, Eco-Song, a compilation of 21 tunes written and recorded by Donovan with the theme of climate change and the environment.  Starting with his smash hit “Riki Tiki Tavi” in 1970, and with songs from all of the last five decades, there is not […]

Here Comes The Sun  //

Though written by George Harrison 50 years ago, the lyrics and music to Here Comes the Sun remain as meaningful today as ever before, in a way perhaps more so. This beautiful watercolor by the British artist Keith West was commissioned as an illustration for George Harrison’s two-volume set of song lyrics, Songs By George, published by […]

The Longer I Live the More I Have to Worry  //

These days Richard Lewis’s Reflections from Hell (powerHouse Books) seem prescient. The one above very much so. Carl Titolo’s image accompanying Lewis’s reflection is brilliant.

The Vietnam War, Coronavirus, and David Burnett  //

This week the number of deaths from coronavirus in the United States surpassed the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. This pandemic took less than three months to reach the number of fatalities that took ten years during that war. A very somber thought. These compelling photographs were taken fifty years ago by […]

Photo of the Week: “Hamatsa Emerging From The Woods” By E.S. Curtis  //

This photograph by E.S. Curtis is of a Hamatsa shaman, possessed by supernatural power, emerging from the woods after many days participating in a secret society ritual. He is a member of the First Nations’ Kwakwakaʼwakw peoples of British Columbia. When we finally emerge from this pandemic many of us may have a reaction similar […]

Art of the Week: “Caution” by Carl Titolo  //

From Reflections from Hell by Richard Lewis (powerHouse Books).

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